Mike Witcher demonstrates a classic Paul Beard resonator guitar.
by Teja Gerken
February 18, 2016
Paul Beard began building resonator guitars in the mid-1980s, and has become one of the most popular builders advancing the classic Dobro squareneck design. Paying special attention to the design of the instrument’s soundwell and cones, Beard developed a line of instruments with a highly refined voice, and, as a result, top players, including Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas, Josh Graves, and Stacy Phillips, began playing Beard resonators.
Beard’s E Model was first introduced in 1987, and it’s been a mainstay of Beard’s line ever since. A top-mounted resonator system and open-brace body design creates a tuned body cavity that generates brilliant trebles and a particularly rich bass. Demonstrated by Peghead Nation Dobro instructor Mike Witcher, the guitar in this video has a beautiful quilted maple body.
SPECS: Squareneck resonator guitar. Solid maple top, back, and sides. Maple neck. Ebony fingerboard. 25-inch scale. Triple-spun Legend cone. Maple bridge with ebony caps. “Fan” cover plate. Beard chrome tailpiece. Waverly tuning machines. beardguitars.com
Comments and Discussion
Leave a Reply
Please enter your email address and name to join the conversation on Peghead Nation.
Start Learning Today
One Course: $20/month or $200/year
Two Courses: $30/month or $300/year
Access to All Courses: $100/month
Peghead Nation’s String School is your source for roots music instruction, bringing you full courses in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, fiddle, and Dobro, featuring talented instructors, high-quality video instruction, accurate notation and tab, and fun songs to play right from the beginning. Enroll and become a Peghead today!